Wednesday, June 04, 2008

AMR Research Supply Chain Top 25

Last week AMR Research published its heavily touted and highly competitive Top 25 Supply Chain listing. Being personally involved in IBM's effort to be #1 on the list I know the time and effort that goes into both the development of this report and the final count. Based on the peer scores of all of the players the report certainly has gained in popularity since 2004.

In the past year, AMR has taken the report a step further to look at the overall financial strength of the top 25 making a strong case that if your supply chain excels, so do your financially. It's certainly the case for IBM, the #5 supply chain this year and Apple the #1. Speaking of Apple, as both a huge customer, fanboy and shareholder, I was a little surprised to see them as #1. I mean, the iPhone has been sold out in stores for months and while that make create strong demand and create buzz, it certainly doesn't bode well for the planning inventory and demand system.

Frankly, next year, I'd like to see the bottom 25 supply chains in the world. It would be humorous to see what the worse supply chain in the world looks like. Hey, Kevin O'Marah, what do you think about a Bottom 25 Supply Chain for next year?


Christian said...

I am agreeing with Christopher. I actually was at the AMR conference when Kevin announced the list and many people were estonished to see Apple number 1. Also, companies such as HP and others have way more complex Supply Chains as they are addressing both complex enterprise and consumer products. The top 25 is not taking that into account unfortunately for those companies.

Christopher Sciacca said...

Thanks for your comment. I'm glad I'm not the only one.

Krishna, muniyandi, pedali, kichu, kuttan...whatever said...

Hi, this is the first time i ever read a blog on Supply chain...this is good...being a logistician ill keep visiting often